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Naval Exercises: 1942

Naval Exercises: 1942

        "Ninety-eight, ninety-nine ... "

July 1942. "U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis. Midshipmen resting on the lawn." Photo by Lieutenant Whitman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Pecs & Abs revolution

Interesting to note the bodies of naturally fit and athletic young men in the 1940s when compared to today's men, who with the aid of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone supplements now have to show six pack abs and enormous pecs. And we used to think that only women were terrorized by body image.

Sniff, sniff

I can smell the testosterone coming out of the screen!

It Burns!

It's a sea of pasty white skin!

Visions of sugar plums

This would be like an unlimited buffet to any eligible young ladies of that era. Many of these men would have become naval officers during WW2.

Calm after the storm

This scene of mild exercise and relaxed sunning, is in sharp contrast just a few weeks earlier when the US Navy achieved its greatest victory -- at the Battle of Midway.

How many of these young men would taste the sting of battles yet remaining in the Pacific?

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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